The international community has reacted with indignation over the Belarusian president’s decision to force a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk in order to arrest a prominent opposition journalist.
Roman Protasevich, a blogger who documented long-serving president Alexander Lukashenko’s tough crackdown on opposition protests that erupted in the eastern European country last yearThe China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday i, was detained by Belarusian police after the plane was ordered to land.
A close associate of exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Protasevich is wanted on terrorism charges that could carry the death penalty, social media users said.
The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted: “We strongly condemn the Lukashenka regime’s brazen and shocking act to divert a commercial flight and arrest a journalist.”
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